We didn't know how it would go... Vivian cried SO MUCH last year and she's still very unsure of new people, but this year she's been really into reading books about Santa and has watched a few television shows with Santa and she knows he brings you presents and candy. We had put it off to the last minute as we kept hoping Vivian would start feeling better, but by the 23rd we knew that this was Adeline's last chance. We were in the kitchen making plans for David to take Adeline to the mall and for Vivian to stay home with me, but Vivi overheard us and wouldn't stand for it. SHE was going to see Santa and she wouldn't have any further discussion. We didn't know what to expect, but she was happy and humming with excitement and wanted to show Santa the fancy dress she had picked for herself. She was pretty snotty and had a terrible cough and had been crying off and on all morning, but we knew Santa was probably used to that sort of thing. As we got ready to go we realized that Vivian thought we were going to the North Pole and she was most excited to see the reindeer. Her enthusiasm waned a bit when I explained that Santa had come to see us, so we weren't going to the North Pole, but she was still eager to go. We got lucky and there were only a handful of kids ahead of us in line, so the excitement lasted through the long walk through the busy mall and the wait to see the big guy.
Isn't Vivian's dress quite something? I went to the store to pick out a Christmas dress and David was supposed to keep Vivian occupied until I had picked out and paid for something classic and lovely, but they showed up early and Viv turned her nose up at all my understated picks and chose this sparkleriffic dress. Her favourite colour is blue and it is COVERED in glitter and it has a big twirly skirt, so it really is the right dress for her. Adeline has never cared one bit about what she wears, but Vivian has had some really strong opinions on it from the start.
So back to Santa. They were peeking through the set at Santa and Vivian was wide-eyed and Adeline was hopping with excitement. I STILL didn't know how it would go, but when it was our turn Adeline launched herself at Santa and I took Vivi's hand and walked her over. I asked if she wanted to sit on Santa's knee and she said yes, so I put her up there and stepped a few paces back. Vivian looked worried but she was brave and she sat up there to have her picture taken.
Once the picture was done I suggested that Viv get down and stand in front of Santa as I knew she'd be more comfortable there. Vivian didn't make conversation with Santa but she couldn't take her eyes off him and she was listening intently. Adeline was happy to do the talking for both of them and as we were leaving Viv gave Santa a high-five and thanked him for the candy cane. As we walked away Santa ho-ho-hoed and Vivian broke out in a big smile and she said to me "I made Santa laugh!". I'm so glad Vivian wouldn't allow herself be left out. The picture and the memory are precious to me and we obviously made some Christmas magic for both the girls.